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Opening arguments to begin in Ross murder trial


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) – Opening arguments will begin at 2 p.m. in the trial of a man accused of murdering a student at Central High School in September 2012.

A jury was selected Monday morning in the trial of Travon Bennett, who is charged with the murder of high school student Markel Ross.

He also faces charges for armed robbery and other offenses related to Ross' death.

Ross was shot and killed as he walked to school at Central High School on September 11, 2012.

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Former General Counsel ordered to pay back stolen money


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The former General Counsel to the Prince George's County Community Development Corporation (CDC) has been ordered to pay back all of the money he stole from the county and a friend.

Officials say that Randy McRae, former General Counsel to the CDC stole a combined $50,000 from the county and aforementioned friend.

McRae became the CDC's General Counsel in 2005. Officials say that shortly after assuming the role McRae forged the CDC secretary's name on documents and obtained Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) status without the CDC board's knowledge.

Organizations with CHDO status are eligible for some reimbursement for operating expenses from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Authorities: MD Woman rented out house she did not own


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland woman will serve time for renting out a home she did not own.

According to authorities, Shannon Lee, 32, of Cheltenham rented out a vacant property that was going through foreclosure.

In May of 2013, the original homeowner stopped by the Cheltenham house to check on the property and collect the mail. According to officials the homeowner noticed a lockbox on the door and believed that the bank may have contacted a realtor to sell the home.

According to officials, the owner contacted the bank and was told that she and her husband were still the registered owners. When the owner returned to the house later that month she found that the locks had been changed and the house was occupied.

Pedestrian hit, killed by bus in Upper Marlboro


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County officials say a pedestrian was killed after being hit by a bus in Upper Marlboro.

It happened at the intersection of Main Street and Water Street, and involved a large bus.

Police say multiple cars were involved. Somehow, the pedestrian was hit and trapped under the bus.

According to officials the preliminary investigation revealed that the woman was struck while trying to cross Water Street. Officials believe the victim was in the crosswalk when she was struck. According to authorities he bus driver stayed on the scene. Officials are continuing their investigation into the incident.

The victim was identified Friday morning by police as 69-year-old Patsy Stokes Burton of Nelson Drive in La Plata.

Md. woman arrested for 1st degree assault


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff has arrested an Accokeek, Maryland woman who they say committed first degree assault.

According to authorities Amani Barard was driving in Fort Washington on June 17th when she saw a woman she had an ongoing feud with.

Authorities say that Barard got out of her car and attempted to start a fight with the woman. When the woman refused to fight officials say Barard took out a handgun and pointed it at the woman before driving away.

Officials report that Barard was arrested in Accokeek and transported to the Prince George's County Department of Corrections. Barard has been charged with assault first degree, assault second degree, firearm use/felony violent crime, and handgun in vehicle, officials say.

Mistrial declared in MPD officer attempted murder


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Metropolitan Police Department officer indicted for attempting to kill his wife.

Officer Samson Lawrence was indicted for attempted murder after authorities say he hit his wife in the head with a metal lamp post during an incident on November 24, 2013. Samson's wife says he then held her against her will at knife point.

After deliberating for seven hours, the jury in the case was deadlocked and could not come to a unanimous decision beyond a reasonable doubt, so the judge declared the mistrial.

The State's Attorney's Office says they are surprised and disappointed but not discouraged as they plan to retry the officer for attempted murder.

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.